State of Children's Health in Wisconsin

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Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

This report, the State of Children's Health in Wisconsin, presents a variety of data about Wisconsin’s children, including population and demographics, education, economic status, health and health care.

Wisconsin's Health Issues

In addition, the report looks more in depth at the major health issues facing children in Wisconsin: overweight children and pediatric obesity; childhood injuries; childhood oral health; mental illness in children; children and youth with special health care needs; and children with asthma.

For each of these major health issues, the problem is defined and the number of affected children is presented. The risk factors are also examined and strategies to mitigate these problems are presented for various populations of parents, healthcare providers, schools, and others.

Improving Health and Well-Being

American Family Children's Hospital in Madison has a vision to improve the health and well-being of children in Wisconsin. In fulfilling this mission, we are using this first report as a baseline to track the state of children’s health, the effectiveness of the health care delivery system, and the changes in policy that can improve child health and safety.

Nan Peterson, RN, MS, Director, Child Health Advocacy, at American Family Children’s Hospital, was instrumental in working with Parvathy Pillai, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist, during her Post Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) practicum in developing this report; her mentor, Murray L. Katcher, MD, pediatrician and Chief Medical Officer in Maternal and Child Health at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health contributed to the day-to-day activities surrounding the writing of the report.

Our Gratitude

We are also indebted to staff within the Wisconsin Department of Health who shared their expertise and reviewed content for this report: Sharon Fleischfresser, Jan Liebhart , Elizabeth Oftedahl, Melissa Olson, Carrie Tomasallo, Becky Turpin and Amy Whitehead. In addition, we acknowledge the introductory work of Shaun Hernandez, in his role as Special Project Assistant for Child Health Advocacy at American Family Children’s Hospital.

This report was supported, in part, by SciMetrika, LLC Contractor to Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jeff Poltawsky
Vice President
American Family Children's Hospital
Ellen R. Wald, MD
Professor and Chair,
Department of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Diane Heatley, MD
Medical Director
American Family Children's Hospital